The Pet Tree House - Where Pets Are Family Too : Sen. Chuck Grassley Supports Ban on Dog, Cat Meat; Rep. Steve King Opposed The Pet Tree House - Where Pets Are Family Too : Sen. Chuck Grassley Supports Ban on Dog, Cat Meat; Rep. Steve King Opposed

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Sen. Chuck Grassley Supports Ban on Dog, Cat Meat; Rep. Steve King Opposed

U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, who raised a lamb named "Susie" in his farmhouse in the 1960s, said Wednesday he doesn't want cats and dogs slaughtered for meat in the United States.

But U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Kiron, is opposing a federal ban on the killing of dogs and cats for human consumption, while two other Iowans in Congress — Reps. David Young, R-Van Meter, and Dave Loebsack, D-Iowa City — are co-sponsors of legislation supporting such a prohibition.

Grassley, a New Hartford Republican, was asked during his weekly teleconference with Iowa reporters about provisions in House and Senate versions of the Farm Bill pending in Washington, D.C., that would prohibit the slaughter of dogs or cats for human consumption. The provisions would also ban the transport of dogs or cats, or dog or cat parts, for human consumption.

Grassley, a lifelong farmer, initially suggested he opposed such a ban, saying he has supported the slaughter of horses because people in some places in the world, such as Europe, may want to eat horse meat.

"I don't want horse meat. I don't want dog meat. I don't want to eat cats, but if somebody wants to eat them, let them eat them," the senator said.

But Grassley phoned the Des Moines Register shortly after the teleconference call to clarify his remarks. He proceeded to tell a story of how he doesn't even eat lamb meat, explaining how there were triplets in his farm's lamb flock in 1967 and one lamb named Susie had to be raised in his house. Susie lived to be 12 years old, but even when she was older, she wanted to come into the house, he said.

"This was one of the ewes, and I have never eaten lamb ever since because I always thought I would be eating Susie," Grassley explained in his follow-up conversation.

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